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The best method is to use the lower bound of a statistical confidence interval. I won't go into detail about how to do this, as Evan Miller has a great post on How NOT to sort by average rating for a Bernoulli distribution - which is what you have. The main reason that you would use this method is to find a balance between the average vote and the number ...


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A major distinction is that you can usually see who 'likes' what, where-as upvotes are anonymous. This is why the 'like' is mostly a social interaction. It's there to communicate to your peers that you approve of something or to show appreciation – sometimes it's not even the content that gets liked, but the act of posting by that particular person ...


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It could also be a feature the users simply are not interested in. Have you tried asking them? You're assuming they are afraid or have no ideas, but that may not be your issue. UX requires more than raw data. What is the value to a user using your site for sharing vacation ideas with their friends? Are they already socially active with other features on ...


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JohnGB's answer works well at the top of a ratings list, but it causes problems further down the list. For an example, using 95% confidence intervals: A has 100 upvotes, 3 downvote (97%). Confidence Interval: (0.917, 0.990) B has 10 upvotes, 0 downvotes (100%). Confidence Interval: (0.722, 1) C has 180 upvotes, 100 downvotes (67%). Confidence Interval: ...


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As the other answers generally agree, what you basically want to do is, in effect, to bias the rankings for items with low vote counts towards some "default" rank — which might be the mean rank, if you want an unbiased estimate, or a very low rank if you subscribe to the idea that an item should be ranked low until it's proven to deserve a higher rank. ...


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Users will want to have full control of the content they post. This will be the case whether the context is a social networking site, a discussion forum, themed communities etc. If you block the possibility for a user to remove content they have added to the site you will produce agitation in that user. And if you keep content posted/accessible that a user ...


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From the user point of view The word chosen doesn't create much difference in user behavior. Such actions are motivated on an emotional level, and while users are very good at recognizing the valence of their emotion (is it positive or negative), they are not very distinguishing in what exactly they feel about an object. For example, if you have decided ...


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First stop and consider why people need to flag as inappropriate; if content isn't allowed on your site, why is it allowed to be there for two weeks? If you allow content for two weeks, your site could suddenly become a porn site and without a flagging option your users have no way to share this information. Or, if you are a porn site, your site could ...


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'Flag as inappropriate' for a public site can be very useful for the reason you outlined - prompt removal of inappropriate content. Whether you NEED that there for legal reasons or not I cannot say, however to avoid misuse of the feature have you considered asking for a minimal amount of user specific information to process the flag? Maybe Name, Email and a ...


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Yes, users waste time to post exist information. Question and answer boards were designed to contain knowledge to be reused, so it is not make sense that askers do not learn from exist information, and ask questions which are similar to answered questions. Duplicate questions waste time of users who answer questions. Users should create new knowledge ...


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Provide a rich text editor toolbar like what you see here, and make a combobox-like selection of available placeholders. The more interesting part comes on the rendering of the edited text, as the placeholder is expected to be an atomic token, therefore two behaviours are wouldbe expected in my opinion: highlighted handling: usually, a "capsule", with ...


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Check usability of your form Make starting points – ask your friends to share several ideas, don't meet a user with the empty list of ideas Use social networks integration tools – sharing information with friends is more likely social network feature. Try to provide social network sharing in facebook, etc. Motivate users – it could be some real or virtual ...


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Generally speaking, a 'like' means that you like the post of subject matter, but don't necessarily recommend it. An 'upvote' is generally used when there are a large number of replies, questions, responses, or items that need to be ordered. The upvote means that the reader thinks that that piece of information is important and deserves to be seen first.


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About reading comments The usual disposition of comments is the lower section, so to read them, you have to finish the article or go straight to read them. If you have already finished the article, then the comments don't distract you from the article itself. They may distract your reasoning after the article, or your opinion, or even your mood, but that ...


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Since you don't mention that an account is created at any time, or at least is not required, then the options related to "account" are not precise. From the user perspective, there is no account, so both behaviours may be a surprise, keeping the information and losing it. "Associate data with your email address" Is exactly what your site does or offers, so ...


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Editable elements are simple and has pre-defined formatting. Trying to implement complex rules you will probably end up with advanced inline editor. The better way is to to use multiline editor with very simple syntax rules and immediate preview mode. The same we have here, at UX SE. The rules could be as follows: Line without a * mark is a title Line, ...


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There are a number of possible approaches; here are a few: Visual distinction. Use <hr>s to set off the user generated content, or put the content on a different colored background. Typographical distinction. Use different typographical styles for user-generated content than for the normal site content. You might change the font, say, or even just ...


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Posting content is an investment of energy with no personal payoff. You will likely need something much stronger than simple enticements and clarification (gamification, sample answers, optimized posting process) to get people over the threshold. Look at sites which have managed to generate a steady flow of user content: Wikipedia, Stack Exchange, ...


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Since you are dealing with travel ideas, a good way would be to put it up for vote. For example, when the user opens a page, on the side you keep a multiple choice question about which the user thinks is a better travel location and you provide some options along with an area for comments. Once the user gives a vote, you show a message box asking the user if ...


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have you considered gamifying the process? set up a system whereby people are able to amass points and / or badges by making suggestions. this can get complicated, as you can award further points for ideas being shared by other people, or for votes for and against, and also you need to minimise the ability to cheat, but, people like to feel they have been ...


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The best way in my experience is to do at least the following: The text should be high contrast, for example black on white (preferred) or white on black depending on your design. The text should be visually distinct from labels and other non-editable fields in your application. If your application uses a mouse, ensure that the cursor changes to the I-beam ...


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I was wondering if using something similar to soundclouds timeline based commenting system but for copy based posts is a sensible idea. I think the point of having those in soundcloud is justified by the idea that it is really hard to refer to a certain point of time in the track just by the time in seconds. The system visualizes the comments' context. ...



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